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Excellent Way to Explain the Need for Public Financing of Our Elections

A true democracy needs an informed voter who knows who is funding the person that they plan to vote for and who's funding the other side as well. We need to know the political motivations of the financial backers of every candidate. Who do they actually represent? How can a voter trust a politician who owes favors to commercial / corporate / secret donors? Most common sense persons do not trust our representatives which in part, leads to the record-low approval ratings of Congress.

It is also obvious that our elections have become too long (Canada = 78 days), too expensive and politicians will write laws that are going to bring them the most election funding from large donors -that's not you or me - it is mostly oil and coal energy companies, defense contractors, insurance, banking, pharmaceutical and agri-type of conglomerates that donate the Big Bucks to national candidates. State elections have their own issues.

THE BIG PICTURE: Voters here in the U.S. must demand PUBLICLY FINANCED ELECTIONS with strict spending limits because WE ARE ALREADY PAYING for elections THROUGH THE HIGH COSTS OF insurance, education, prisons, crime, pharmaceuticals, energy, food and even war. Much of the money you spend on goods goes into the pockets of a politician who may vote on legislation that is bad for you, or worse, for the entire country.

You know the saying, "the best Congress money can buy! " - it is more truthful now than ever with the previously conservative-led SCOTUS making "Citizens United" legal. The word "Citizens" is really 'Corporations', but conservative leaders don't tell us that. Many Dem leaders have called for the end of "Citizens United" but not ONE single word coming from Republicans. Care to guess why??

We are quickly on our way to becoming a third-world country where leaders are paid-off by corporations and the "we people" are left out of the picture.

The First-Ever Brain Scans Of LSD’s Mind-Altering Effects. Drug Creates a More “Unified” Mind.

Source: HuffPo

The research, which was conducted by the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme in the U.K., showed that LSD reduces connectivity WITHIN brain networks and boosts connectivity BETWEEN brain networks that don’t normally interact.

What does a more “unified” brain feel like? According to Carhart-Harris, it involves more fluid, flexible thinking, unusual associations and perceptions, vivid visions and perhaps enhanced creativity.

Our thinking in childhood starts out being more fluid and flexible, and tends to get more rigid and focused as we age, the researchers said. LSD, then, might help some users return to a childlike sense of wonder and imagination.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lsd-brain-scans-effects_us_570e5e8ae4b03d8b7b9ef83c

Sounds about right... TRIPPY !!
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